Hello, friends of Trek! SPOLIERS BELOW, in what I am about to discuss.
I just got done reading the short story "Revenant", in the new Trek short-story compilation "The Seven Deadly Sins".
I have a number of questions for anyone else who has read this story, or for the author, or both, whoever cares to respond.
1.) It was rather vague towards the end of the story, just who it was that put Carson and Walsh up to using the Celtic's
crew members as 'test subjects'. Was this left deliberately vague? Are we to infer that this was possibly an experiment undertaken by Section 31? Or, maybe a foreign power?
2.) Whoever the unknown party was that I asked about in the first question --> what was their ultimate goal? Were they trying to create, as the story put it, a 'weaponized' version of Borg drones, usable as disposable soldiers?
3.) Are the events of this story what led to the more aggressive/violent disposition of the Borg encountered in "Greater than the Sum", and later TNG novels? The end of the story tells us that Reed, Locarno, and Massey voluntarily underwent assimilation, with the intention of finding out who it was that put them in this situation to begin with. Is it this events that cause the new and aggressive disposition of the Borg encountered later?
4.) Why in the sam-heck would these people have voluntarily undergone assimilation? There were several points in the story where many of the characters completely reviled being assimilated, and I believe that they even referred to becoming a drone as "worse than death" at some point. I guess they figured that since they had already been infected by nanoprobes, that assimilation was a foregone conclusion. But, I would think that, given their earlier attitudes, they would be more likely to commit suicide, instead of voluntarily submit to assimilation. This confused me greatly.
Anyway, overall I thought the story was a great thriller. It definitely kept me turning the pages, and on the edge of my seat. Very scary stuff! But, as a 'Borg' story, it left me with several questions. Usually, the community here has about a million thoughts and insights that I never considered, so I thought I would put my questions here and see what you guys came up with. Plus, I have only one friend who is a Trek fan, and he doesn't even read Trek books. So, please help a brother out! Thanks guys